The inhabitants of the Yucatan Peninsula should prepare now to face increasingly prolonged and frequent blackouts in the coming months, caused, among other reasons, by the serious shortage of natural gas in the country and particularly in the area, Energy experts warn.
It is not a temporary problem, but very serious and difficult to solve in the short term, says Santiago Casillas Arzac, partner of KPA Energy Solutions, explains that the lack of gas is compounded by the increase in annual energy demand, derived from the increase in the construction of large hotels and buildings of homes and offices that require air conditioning in the state of Yucatan.
Although the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) says it has the capacity to supply energy to the Yucatan Peninsula, despite the problems with natural gas, the transmission lines that the company uses to bring energy from other parts of the republic are saturated and the construction of new ones would take at least two years.
The same thing would happen with the works of the Cempoala compression station, which would speed up the supply of natural gas to the Peninsula and which are now paralyzed. Also, those works would take two years, says Fowler Alonso.
He mentions that the use of diesel in the power generation plants of the Yucatan Peninsula will increase the cost of electricity and that will impact the rates, which will cause, in turn, the increase in the prices of products and services, affecting the economy.
The blackouts, on the other hand, would affect the tourist industry of the Peninsula and “these will not disappear until the power generation capacity in the Yucatan Peninsula increases, something that for now is difficult”.
He adds that the blackouts could happen between June and October, when the consumption of energy increases, although the cuts could extend until November, he explains, not because of operational problems of the CFE, but because of the lack of natural gas, which will keep the generating plants underutilized.
These blackouts, says the interviewee, would occur during high consumption hours, in places selected by the Cenace and would last from two to four hours.